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VIKES COMPLETE SWEEP OF HUSKIES2010-10-30

By Jordan Hartshorn
When the Huskies offence dried up in the fourth quarter, the Victoria Vikes were able to pull away and complete a weekend sweep of their Saskatchewan hosts.

The Huskies put up only eight points in the final quarter, allowing the Vikes to complete a mini-comeback to top Saskatchewan 72-65 Friday night.

Carmen Lapthorne led all scorers with 25 points on the night, while Kayla Dykstra had 14. Debbie Yeboah and Vanessa Forstbauer had 11 and 10 points respectively.

Kim Tulloch paced the Huskies with 16 points. Katie Miyazaki pitched in with 11 and Jill Humbert had 10.

The win keeps the Vikes perfect record intact at 4-0, good enough for first in the Canada West conference. Meanwhile, the Huskies sit bunched in the middle of the pack at 2-2.

There was little to separate the two sides early. Victoria jumped out to a 25-18 lead in the first quarter, but led only 40-39 at half. Saskatchewan clawed ahead 57-55 heading into the fourth, before the wheels fell off in the final frame. Shots didn’t fall, inside or out, and the Vikes meagre 17 points in the fourth proved enough.

The Vikes finishing blow came with 3:04 minutes left. A quick 7-0 run was punctuated by Lapthorne’s fourth and final three-pointer on the night to give the Vikes a comfortable 69-58 cushion. The Huskies tried to nibble away at the lead, but the shots just weren’t falling.

Victoria hosts the University of Manitoba next weekend, while the Huskies welcome the University of Fraser Valley Cascades.

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